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Minnesota State Patrol

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

What's New?

Hands-Free: Now the Law in Minnesota

A driver holding a cellphoneGovernor Tim Walz signed a new hands-free cell phone bill into law to help further reduce distractions behind the wheel.

Starting Aug. 1, drivers will no longer be able to hold their cell phones in their hands. They will be able to use their phones to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts and get directions, but only by voice commands or single touch activation without holding the phone.

Remember, hands-free is not necessarily distraction-free. We want Minnesotans to stay safe, stay alive and stay out of trouble under the new law.

Visit the HandsFreeMN website for more information.

First Responder Hero Award

​Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Commissioner Harrington was on hand as the American Red Cross honored Lt. Paul VanVoorhis with a First Responder Hero Award. lt. van.jpg

Lt. VanVoorhis helped save a man who had accidentally shot himself in the Boundary Waters.

What an amazing story. We’re proud of the actions he took that day!


Featured Video

Video Description: We take you behind the scenes at our metro dispatch center for a look at what it's like to be a Minnesota State Patrol dispatcher.